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    Jan 28, 2019

    26 Cheap Beauty Products That Are The Perfect Little Pick-Me-Up

    Will these products spark joy? Why yes, I thought you'd never ask!

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    1. L'Oreal Rouge Signature Matte Color Ink is one of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks I've *personally* ever tried, because it feels crazy lightweight (like a tint or stain!), doesn't feel drying, and its pointed applicator makes it easy to get super precise with your lines.

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    Promising review: "Most amazing lip ink I have ever used. The colors are just stunning. It stays on ALL DAY and the applicator is crazy wonderful!! I love it so much that I bought three colors. The rose color is for every day and the deep ruby red is special occasions. Just fantastic." —Karen's Stuff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in 12 shades).

    2. Chapstick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrubs ensure your pout stays healthy, hydrated, and free of cracks with nourishing oils and butters, as well as sugar crystals for oh-so-gentle exfoliation.

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    Promising review: “I LOVE THIS STUFF. It provides total hydration and really does give my lips a smoother, fuller appearance. I will be back for more and also plan on using some of these as stocking stuffers.” —L.A. Bella Peace

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available in four flavors).

    3. Mighty Patches answer your pimple anxieties with their special hydrocolloid material that draws out all of the gross (but oddly satisfying) pus and other impurities inside whitehead-showing pimples — stick 'em on those suckers and watch them deflate before your very eyes!

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    Promising review: "Now that I have to deal with 'adult acne,' it's sent me scurrying in every direction, from drugstore to dermatologist, to try and clear it. Unlike my teenage years, the problems I deal with now are not straightforward zits. My pores get clogged, but they're stubborn buggers and don't like to be extracted. The Mighty Patch has been great because it actually succeeds in bringing all that grossness to the surface. From there, it's easy just to extract and blast off. I'm also guilty of that cardinal sin in zit care — constantly poking at the blemish and this keeps me from myself. I've already gone through one sheet!" —Karen Lee

    Get a 36-pack of regular patches from Amazon for $12.51 or a 39-pack of the Invisible+ patches for $17.99.

    4. Bliss Rose Gold Rescue Soothing Toner is the 'gram-worthy face mist your dried-out skin craves — just imagine: it's 3 p.m., your face is looking as sleepy as your brain feels, and voila, a gentle, fine stream of rosewater and collodial gold wakes you up, and you're back at it!

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    Promising review: "Smells great and has a super fine mist. I use it after the Rose Gold Rescue Cleanser, which is also great! Love the packaging as well." —Angie M.

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    5. Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter imparts a gorrrrrgeous gold (or rose gold! or topaz!) highlight with a subtle glitter effect that's densely packed so you don't experience any messy fallout — just jaw-dropping cheekbones!

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    Promising review: "I usually only trust high-end highlighters because drugstore ones tend to not be very reflective, but I’m blown away by this collection. The color is beautiful and it does contain some glitter. If you like the rosy color, but want no glitter I recommend you get the molten gold rose." —Andrea Calleros

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in three shades).

    These highlighters also come in two holographic shades, and you can read my review of the ~purple~ one in "Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love" (#3).

    6. E.l.f. Cosmetics Hello Hydration! Face Cream plumps up your skin in record time with good-for-you ingredients including hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, squalane, Vitamin B5, and peptides for a packed formula that helps improve elasticity, promote collagen, and maintain a baby-soft texture that even cold weather can't break down.

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    Promising review: "I am HOOKED! This is the best cream I have ever tried! It's not greasy and absorbs right into my skin, leaving it feeling soft, moisturized, and refreshed. I've had no dry spots like I normally get this time of year" —Jeni4b4

    Get it from E.l.f. Cosmetics for $12.

    7. My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is a physical exfoliatior that flippin' works — the gel instantly forms into little balls of cellulose that slough off way more dead skin cells and surface debris than you thought possible for a smoother, brighter (hello, vitamins C and E!) complexion.

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    And despite its intense claims, it's totally gentle enough for sensitive skin and it's packed with calming ingredients like honey, black willow, and aloe.

    Promising review: "My skin is visibly smoother and brighter, and I feel like the rest of the products I use are working better because there’s less dead skin cells to get passed. I have been doing the 10-step routine for six months with wonderful results, but I felt like I had hit a plateau. Now with this exfoliating gel added to my arsenal, I have hit a new level of skin happiness." —Piano L.

    Check out our full review, "Here’s The Deal With The Magical Peeling Face Gel Everyone Loves," for all the deets!

    Get a 4.2 oz bottle from Amazon for $11.99 or an exclusive two-piece set (one 4.2 oz and 2.1 oz bottle each) from Soko Glam for $28.

    8. John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème keeps frizz, static, and flyaways (oh my!) under control and gives locks a lightweight, glossy coat for a healthy shine you can't fake — and it even helps prevent beanie hair, which cold weather peeps probably all have at this point.

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    Promising review: "I have curly hair, so when I straighten it all of the little frizzies around my scalp and face come out. The tiniest little drop of this helps smooth my frizzies out and keep my hair in place. I've been using this product for years and I plan to continue in the future." —Christina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.47.

    9. Vogue Effects Eyeliner Stamp shaves off precious minutes spent trying to draw perfect cat eyes and also comes with a liner on the other side, because we're all about hacks that make sleepy mornings a little more bearable.

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    Check out how a BuzzFeed editor uses a v similar one to create the ~perfect~ cat eye!

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out...but to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." —LadyMeow

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes).

    Read our full rundown on this product in If You Hate Doing Winged Eyeliner, You 100% Need This Cat-Eye Stamp, and see what won best liquid eyeliners at BuzzFeed Reviews.

    10. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is perfect for lazy people who hate feeling sticky and waiting for moisturizer to dry (hello, me!) — you apply this while your skin is *still wet* and wait a few minutes for it to sink it, so by the time you're ready to collapse into bed your bod is feeling as silky as can be!

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    Promising review: "I've always been one who didn't want to take the time to slather my skin in some lotion that took forever to sink in. I have found the holy grail of solutions!! This lotion has the consistency of conditioner. I turn off my shower and it only takes a minute to apply. I don't even pat it dry. I just throw on my robe and start applying skincare products on my face. The lotion absorbs quickly and it keeps my skin hydrated ALL day! Love it!" —Meagan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four varieties).

    11. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo sweeps away all of that heavy, scalp-clogging buildup you've accumulated since your last wash (from styling products or otherwise) and boosts volume — all without irritating your scalp or stripping your hair of its natural oils, win!

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    Just be sure to follow up with a hydrating conditioner or mask!

    Promising review: "Great product! This shampoo removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed less styling products to achieve the same results. But be careful not to use this too often as it can dry out your hair. I have long, dark fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $4.83+.

    12. Tonymoly Liptone Lip Care Sticks contain shea butter, coconut oil, camellia oil, rosehip oil, manuka honey, and other ingredients intended to keep your lips soft, no matter what the elements hurl your way.

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    Promising review: "The color melts into my natural lip color and give a little sheen, exactly what I was looking for! It also doesn't get gloppy (you know those clumps of lipstick/lipgloss/chapstick when you've had it on too long?) after hours of wear! It also smells really good!" —Lauren L.

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in three varieties).

    13. Sweet Chef Fresh Pressed Sheet Masks amp up your skincare routine with an extra dose of pore-smoothing, hydration, and brightening, depending on what your skin needs — plus, how cute are those little illustrations?? #selfieapproved

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    Promising review: "I’m not normally a fan of the feel of sheet masks, but this one felt great! The mask fit my face pretty well and stayed put for the entire 20 minutes that I wore it. I loved the smell and it felt cool on my skin. After I took it off my skin looked smooth and hydrated, especially my undereyes which are a problem spot for me. The excess product absorbed quickly and didn’t feel sticky at all." —Erin M.

    Get them from Glow Recipe for $3.50 each: Beet + Vitamin A and Ginger + Vitamin C (Kale + Vitamin B is currently sold out).

    14. A'Pieu Madecassoside Cream really does it all as far as moisturizers go — it contains 40% centella asiatica leaf water and 0.1% madecassoside* to soothe irritated skin and help repair skin damage, while good 'ol niacinamide brightens, witch hazel extract keeps skin looking clear, and lactic acid smooths and plumps skin — whew, that's a mouthful, but in the best, skin-pleasing way.

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    *Madecassoside is an extract of centella asiatica and an active ingredient that has anti-redness and anti-scaling properties.

    Promising review: "My skin had developed some dry patches and had become somewhat irritated and sensitive after sudden changes in the weather. The cream helped soothe the irritation and calm the itchiness and sensitivity, as well as the dry patches. It has a cream-gel texture, sinks easily into the skin and doesn't leave an oily film. My skin felt soft and smooth after applying the cream." —EL

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    15. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads tackle breakouts with just a few swipes of its resurfacing abilities, made up of 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel.

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    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Mitzy McMillion

    Get a container of 60 from Amazon for $6.89.

    16. Pacifica Beauty Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil earns an A+ in nourishment with a super potent blend of blue tansy oil and rose oil (which is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids!) that protects your skin against redness and irritation all winter long — yes, it's essentially a skin superhero!

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    Promising review: "Second time I've bought this product. Love the blue tansy. Seriously wish I could bathe in this. My dry skin absorbs the oil quickly and it plumps my skin, fills in wrinkles, and makes my skin soft. They need to sell a body oil version of this!" —fuentes78209

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    17. Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial locks in moisture while you snooze and repairs skin cells with a safe-for-sensitive formula that's oil-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic — thanks to a soy complex and hyaluronic acid, you can wake up to supple, lit-from-within skin.

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    Promising review: "Really helps reduce the redness I have in my cheeks with my mild rosacea and doesn't make me break out like other heavy night creams." —Chicago913

    Get it from Amazon for $13.13.

    18. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is a no-fuss daily face wash that helps your skin retain the moisture it needs, while still removing every bit of makeup and dirt — it's very dependable, as you can probably tell.

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    Promising review: "I prefer to double cleanse with an oil or balm cleanser on days I wear makeup or sunscreen, but my skin was getting too annoyed with the foaming cleansers I was using afterward. Now that northern California is burning all around me and winter is coming, my skin needed this cleanser! This is like a mix between a milk and a gel, but it does not foam up. It has a lot of slip and feels cooling on my face. I love the big bottle size and for a slightly pricey brand, this cleanser is fairly priced. I will continue to repurchase this and I bought a bottle for my best friend who has the most sensitive, reactive skin ever, and she loves it too. :)" —gwangarang

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (also available in a purifying version for normal to oily skin).

    19. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution lets you swap an expensive facial for an at-home remedy that really, truly works — AHAs like glycolic, salicylic, and citric acid dramatically exfoliate your skin, control excess oil (which also prevents future breakouts), and improves the overall look of your skin. Hunny, you're looking stunning!

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    Promising review: "This product transformed my skin. Those bumps in the top photo would not go away and never turned into actual acne. I’ve been using this product for three to four months and my skin is amazing now. Burns a bit at first, but now it’s part of my normal weekly routine. Could not recommend enough." —Laurel

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review, "I Tested A $7 Chemical Peel On My Sensitive Skin, And I'm High-Key Obsessed," to see how it fared on her super sensitive skin and helped get rid of excess shine!

    Get it from Skinstore for $7.20.

    20. A'Pieu Milk Sheet Masks are known to banish Sunday scaries, brighten complexions, douse your skin in comforting hydration, and keep your skin glowing — so kick back and slap one of these bbs on!

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    Promising review: "I have extremely dry skin and no moisturizer or face mask has ever kept my skin from getting all flaky for more than a few hours. I was kind of afraid at first for this product because I have very sensitive skin and a lot of sheet masks have given me rashes or acne, but I put this on at night after a shower and when I woke up my face still felt hydrated and fresh. Not even a small dry patch, and no redness or burning. I’ll definitely be purchasing regularly." —Shannan

    Get a set of seven from Amazon for $8.93.

    21. Wet Brush Original Detangler is made with ~IntelliFlex bristles~ that detangle all hair types, wet or dry without — I repeat WITHOUT — pulling or tugging. With all of that nonexistent force you're using, there's way fewer chances of experiencing breakage and split ends!!

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    Promising review: "I don’t know what kind of sorcery was used to make this brush, but this is the best brush I’ve ever owned in my 31+ years of having long, tangly hair. My hair is fine but I have a lot of it, and it’s currently super long. Other brushes either rip through it and pull out chunks or just graze over knots and don’t address the problem. This brush somehow goes through knots smooth as butter and gets rid of them, and I’m not left with a full head of hair in the bristles afterwards. Just buy this, seriously!" —Kate K.

    Check out our deep dive, "If Tangled Hair Is Your Worst Nightmare, This Brush Will Be Your Hero" to find out why this is the best brush for tangled hair of all ages!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 10 colors/patterns).

    22. Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish gives ya bold color with the strength and long-lasting nature of a gel manicure without the hefty price tag of a salon manicure or the need for LED light curing — bye, party-ruining chipping!

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    Promising review: "This is the best nail polish I have found in years. I have problems with peeling nails and have rarely found a polish that actually stays on for more than a day or so. This Essie gel couture is shiny, hard, and actually stays on my nails for at least a week even when used over another coating (Nailtiques Formula 2). I have gotten compliments on this polish that it looks like a professional manicure." —Blue

    Read our full review, "This Gel Nail Polish Will Change The Way You Do Your Nails Forever," for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    23. Nügg Face Mask Glow Kit targets and remedies every issue your face/environment/stress levels decide to bring into play — and each mask has enough goodness to last more than once!

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    This set includes face masks in Detoxifying, Exfoliating, Hydrating, and Revitalizing.

    Promising review: "Out of the four masks, the shea chamomile was the best. It hydrated, moisturized, smoothed, and gave my skin a nice glow. I only used about a teaspoon for my whole face (and stored the rest in airtight Tupperware). Left it on for about 15-20 mins, rinsed, let my face dry, applied moisturizer and voila...I was beautiful again!" —Kim

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    24. The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion is formulated with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya and controls excess production of oil and sebum on blemish-prone skin. In other words: pimples, you've met your match.

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    Promising review: "This product worked wonders for me. I've been having bad acne problems for more than two years. I've used everything that my dermatologist told me to use but to no avail. I was about to give up, but after reading up on the reviews about this product, I gave it a try. After three months of using it, my face cleared up — no more scars and no more cystic-like acne." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.81.

    25. The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Wash envelops your body in a rich, lathering concoction of organic bladderwrack seaweed, antimicrobial neem oil, algae, and aloe vera, so your bod feels like it's soft as a cloud and clean as a sidewalk after a storm.

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    Promising review: "So I bought this on a whim because I like other Seaweed Bath Co. products and this one comes in a fragrance-free option. Now, I am hooked and here's why: it's the silkiest shower gel I ever used, the ingredient list is super great, the lather is amazing, and harvested seaweed grows back quickly. If you love luxury bath items, I sincerely recommend this as a cheap indulgence. My other favorite shower gel costs five times as much, but if I had to give up one of them, it wouldn't be the seaweed. Love this stuff." —M. Kaiserin

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29+ (available in four varieties).

    26. SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the multitasking beauty product you need in your arsenal — it removes makeup like a dream, helps soothe bouts of eczema, and wraps your skin in a blanket of nourishment.

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    Promising review: "I like to use these as an in-shower facial mask to break down oils on my super-oily skin! I've noticed my skin clearing up after I started using these. Also a great makeup remover! I have very sensitive skin, and haven't had any irritation." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.19.

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